Alright, it’s about time I did some serious cheese pushing.
As I’ve said before, I love Kraft Mac ‘n Cheese. It’s delicious, and not to mention cheap. It’s great for those times when you get home at the end of a long day and just want some easy, fast comfort food.
Last night was one not one of those nights.
It had, in fact, been a long day. I was in class for 10 hours, and had only gotten 2 hours of sleep of the night before. (I know, you came here to listen to me whine). But last night, I just wanted to come home and have an awesome meal.
Because, when it comes down to it, there aren’t many foods much more awesome than cheese. That got me thinking: what was the cheesiest food I could prepare? I decided to make some real mac ‘n cheese—nay, macaroni and cheese—that would satisfy my cheese need, as well as my desire for comfort food. I also decided to throw in some equally awesome bacon for good measure. (Bacon is life, after all.)
Because I usually have a wide variety of cheeses in my fridge, the sky was the limit. I decided on a combination of havarti (arguably one of the best cheeses ever), mozzarella, and cheddar for some color.
And that, my friends, made for an awesome meal.
Bacon Macaroni and Cheese
6 slices of bacon
½ lb pasta (about 2 cups)
1½ cups milk
3 tbsp butter
2 tbsp flour
2 cups cheese (shredded or diced)
½ tsp salt
Pepper to taste
1/3 cup bread crumbs
Preheat the oven to 350.
Cook the bacon in a pan on medium heat until it is crispy, saving about a teaspoon of the grease. Meanwhile, prepare the pasta (either elbow macaroni or shells is best) according to the directions on the box.
In a saucepan, warm the milk. In a larger pot, melt 2 tbsp of the butter on medium heat (do not let it brown) and stir in the flour. Once thick and thoroughly mixed, add the milk.
Turn the heat down to its lowest setting and gradually add the cheese, stirring until it is smooth. Crumble the bacon and add it, as well as the teaspoon of bacon grease, to the cheese sauce. Mix in the pasta, and pour into a 9x13 glass pan.
Melt the remaining tablespoon of butter and mix in the breadcrumbs. Sprinkle this over the pasta, and bake until the cheese is bubbly and the breadcrumbs are golden brown.